Summary

  • Phase 5 of the MCU will introduce new and returning villains, including Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk, Agatha Harkness, Kingpin, The Leader, and the HYDRA Stomper.
  • The presence of these villains brings fresh and unexpected excitement to the MCU, with the inclusion of lesser-known characters like The Hood.
  • Notable actors joining Phase 5 as villains include Harrison Ford, Aubrey Plaza, and Mia Goth, adding to the anticipation of their performances in these new projects.

The ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to introduce many new characters throughout Phase 5, with the appearance of new and returning villains already confirmed. As cinema’s biggest and most successful shared universe, the MCU plays host to a staggering host of characters. The heroes and villains of the MCU may already be many in number, but there are countless characters who exist in the Marvel Universe who have yet to make their way into the live-action franchise.

Much is known about the MCU’s Phase 5 plans now they’ve gotten in motion, and that includes the confirmation of a number of villains set to appear in the franchise. Many of these have been previously introduced or teased within the franchise in some way, with Phase 5 marking their long-expected appearances in new projects. Others still are villains that are entirely new to the franchise, offering a chance for fresh and previously unexpected excitement to the MCU timeline. With many projects to come in Marvel’s next string of releases, here is every Marvel villain confirmed for the MCU’s Phase 5 so far.

7 Agatha Harkness Is One Of Phase 5’s Most Anticipated Characters

Agatha: Coven of Chaos

After her role as WandaVision‘s largely hidden villain, Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness is set to return to the MCU in Phase 5. Agatha is set to feature in her own series, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, which is set to introduce a number of other characters into the franchise. As one of the MCU’s most powerful magic users, Agatha has already been established as a significant MCU villain by her actions in WandaVision, making her return hotly anticipated.

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6 Kingpin Continues His Villain Story Into MCU Phase 5

Echo & Daredevil Reborn

The formal MCU introduction of Victor D’Onofrio’s Kingpin came in Hawkeye, though the character was a major player in Netflix’s Defenders Saga. Wilson Fisk is set to make multiple appearances in Phase 5 of the MCU, featuring as a villain in both Echo and Daredevil Reborn. As one of the main enemies of Marvel’s street-level heroes, Kingpin’s continued presence in the MCU is especially exciting, with D’Onofrio’s celebrated performance in the role serving to make his Phase 5 appearances anticipated even more fervently.

5 The Leader Makes Good On A Decade-Old Marvel Tease

Captain America: Brave New World

tim blake nelson as samuel sterns the leader in captain america new world order

Though it remains one of the MCU’s worst-received movies, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk made multiple franchise teases set to pay off in Phase 5. Alongside the rumored appearance of Red Hulk, Samuel Sterns – A.K.A. The Leader, Hulk’s mutated, super-intelligent nemesis – will return. Tim Blake Nelson will reprise his role, finally paying off a 15-year-old tease by serving as a major MCU villain in Captain America: Brave New World.

4 Thunderbolt Ross/Red Hulk Can Finally Bring A Long-Awaited Villain To The MCU

Thunderbolts

Red Hulk in Marvel Comics

Despite being a prominent Marvel Comics character, General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross has been relatively absent from the MCU in spite of his early introduction into the franchise. Initially played by the late William Hurt in The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, and Black Widow, the role was recast following Hurt’s death. Both Captain America: Brave New World and Thunderbolts are set to feature Harrison Ford as General Ross, who will also reportedly become the Red Hulk within the franchise, paying off one of the MCU’s earliest villain teases.

3 The Hood Brings Magic Into Ironheart’s Debut Series

Ironheart

The Hood in Marvel Comics

Though he’s a slightly more obscure Marvel villain than many already in the franchise, Ironheart is set to introduce the Hood into the MCU. In the Phase 5 Disney+ series, Anthony Ramos will play Parker Robbins, a criminal whose hood allows him to use dark magic. Though it’s not confirmed whether Hood will serve as the series’ antagonist, he’s an exciting villain to be making his debut in the MCU’s Phase 5 – and has only increased speculation that Mephisto may finally appear in the show, due to his own ties to dark magic.

2 The HYDRA Stomper Lets Steve Rogers Be A Villain Once More

What If Season 2

steve rogers hydra stomper in what if

What If? season 1 saw its version of Steve Rogers become the HYDRA Stomper, utilizing a large Stark-created mechanized suit to support Captain Carter in her fight against HYDRA. It was revealed that What If? season 2 will pit Carter against the HYDRA Stomper, presumably after Rogers is employed as an agent of the evil organization. The nature of What If?‘s Multiversal premise makes the character’s villain turn incredibly enticing, and after his heroic actions in season 1, it’s possible Rogers will undergo his own Winter Soldier storyline in the series.

1 Alternate Universe Star-Lord

What If Season 2

A young alternate universe Peter Quill aka Star-Lord using his powers in What If season 2

What If? season 2 also provides a look at another unexpected story of a main MCU timeline hero being an antagonist in an alternate universe, this time showing what a young Peter Quill could have been like had his youth seen him stay on Earth instead of being taken up to space. The What If? season 2 trailer suggests this Quill would’ve been a more antagonistic force, likely not understanding the full ramifications of using his immense half-Celestial powers.

MCU Actors Playing Unnamed Villains In Phase 5

Emma Corrin – Deadpool 3

emma corrin lady chatterley's lover

English actor Emma Corrin has been announced as the main antagonist in Deadpool 3. The film will see both Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman reprise their respective roles of Deadpool and Wolverine and will reportedly introduce the pair into the MCU. Corrin being cast in the undisclosed villain role is particularly interesting given their most well-known credits coming from serious roles in dramas such as The Crown and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Mia Goth – Blade

2025’s Blade will formally introduce the eponymous vampire hunter to the MCU, with Mia Goth appearing as a Phase 5 villain in the film. Best known for her roles in horror movies X, Pearl, and 2018’s remake of Suspiria, Goth will undoubtedly bring a dark edge to her upcoming MCU role. Marvel villains she is likely to have been cast as include Queen Cilla, Rachel Van Helsing, and Satana Hellstrom, although the villain’s identity remains unconfirmed.

Aubrey Plaza – Agatha: Coven Of Chaos

Aubrey Plaza as Harper in The White Lotus

Known for her deadpan delivery and comedic ability, Aubrey Plaza will reportedly appear as a villain in the Phase 5 MCU series Agatha: Coven of Chaos. Alongside Kathryn Hahn, the comedic potential of the pairing cannot be understated. It is assumed that Plaza’s villain will be magical in nature, and though their identity has yet to be confirmed, Plaza’s induction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is certainly cause for excitement.

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